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Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

WorldOct 23, 2021 10:16PM ET
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5/5 © Reuters. A group of naval vessels from Russia and China conduct a joint maritime military patrol in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, in this still image taken from video released on October 23, 2021. Russian Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS 2/5

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the western Pacific Ocean over the past week, Russia's defence ministry said on Saturday, a move Japan said it was monitoring.

Moscow and Beijing, which staged naval cooperation drills in the Sea of Japan earlier in October, have cultivated closer military and diplomatic ties in recent years at a time when their relations with the West have soured.

The naval manoeuvres, which Russia said ran from Sunday through Saturday, have been closely watched https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/china-russia-navy-ships-jointly-sail-through-japan-strait-2021-10-19 by Japan, which said earlier in the week that a group of 10 vessels from China and Russia sailed through the Tsugaru Strait separating Japan's main island and its northern island of Hokkaido.

"The group of ships passed through the Tsugaru Strait for the first time as part of the patrol," Russia's defence ministry said in a statement. The strait is regarded as international waters.

"The tasks of the patrols were the demonstration of the Russian and Chinese state flags, maintaining of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and guardianship of the subjects of maritime economic activities of the two countries," the ministry added.

China's defence ministry said on Sunday the joint exercise aimed to "further develop the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership in the new era, enhance the joint action capabilities of both parties and jointly maintain international and regional strategic stability".

A report on the ministry website said the operation was part of annual cooperation between the two nations and not targeted at third parties.

Japanese defence officials said on Sunday the Russian and Chinese vessels had also passed through the Osumi Strait off the southern Japanese prefecture Kagoshima, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Foreign ships are allowed to navigate through the Osumi and Tsugaru straits as they are international waterways, but Japan's defence ministry said it will monitor the two navies, characterising the recent moves as "unusual", NHK reported.

Japanese officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific
 

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Fong SH
Fong SH Oct 25, 2021 10:49PM ET
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One thing for sure - USA will never go to war alone, NEVER ONCE, most times she will orchestrate europe to join in, it's written in history. In this 21st century, it's a different playground, unlike the past. Why is US warships in South China Sea? What's the name of the sea? South CHINA Sea, not Pacific or Atlantic oceans.
Junk Man
Junk_Man Oct 24, 2021 6:53AM ET
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The US created this kind of tension with American leaderes just making provocative rhetoric rather than trying to find common ground.
Kevin Avila
Kevin Avila Oct 24, 2021 12:50AM ET
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Lets get it started… oh wait… they wouldn’t.
David David
David9 Oct 24, 2021 12:50AM ET
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they don't need to... unless we step in front of them, then they will retaliate...
Kevin Avila
Kevin Avila Oct 24, 2021 12:49AM ET
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I guess the funniest part is… We have more spies in Russia and China then they can ever imagine.
David David
David9 Oct 24, 2021 12:49AM ET
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How do you know... give proof...
Kevin Avila
Kevin Avila Oct 24, 2021 12:45AM ET
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We would decimate them… keep practicing.
David David
David9 Oct 24, 2021 12:45AM ET
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What makes you think we can?
Zebra Lo
Zebra Lo Oct 23, 2021 10:54PM ET
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It's inevitable for US going down, and the world catching up. The problem is US still thought they can bully the world. Its the emperor's new coats now but politicians need it to cover up all of the internal issues.
Lou Liguori
Lou Liguori Oct 23, 2021 2:47PM ET
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stupid human's, can't we all just get rid of the weapons and have peace. alas, there's no money in peace
Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield Oct 23, 2021 2:12PM ET
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Game over
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Oct 23, 2021 12:41PM ET
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People of the world should stand together and take all this dictators weapons of mass destruction of their hands before the do something stupid. This includes the USA
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson Oct 23, 2021 9:23AM ET
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sink them all
Kevin Avila
Kevin Avila Oct 23, 2021 9:23AM ET
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Millennial Metals you lcak intelligence. The United States of America could have a war with every country in the world and still win… Don’t believe me? Go ahead and look at all the stats and what we have compared to other countries. We have much more than what you know and I know I that.
Kevin Avila
Kevin Avila Oct 23, 2021 9:23AM ET
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*lack
jason xx
jason xx Oct 23, 2021 5:28AM ET
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This headline will be on history show 100 years from now as the start of WW3
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JAGDISH ADSULE Oct 23, 2021 5:28AM ET
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may be..
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communism is designed for it. War is always inevitable is that tyrannical and evil system of government.
Kevin Avila
Kevin Avila Oct 23, 2021 5:28AM ET
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Would not be much of a war…
David David
David9 Oct 23, 2021 5:28AM ET
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How do you know?
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Oct 23, 2021 5:28AM ET
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BigPoppa Jcamp Lock up commies
 
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